Salvation through slavery : Chiricahua Apaches and priests on the Spanish colonial frontier /
H. Henrietta Stockel.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2008.
xii, 179 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0826343252 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780826343253 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2008.
0826343252 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780826343253 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
The Chiricahua Apaches -- Missions and missionaries -- Tubac, Tumacácori, Janos, and Cuba -- Salvation through slavery -- Identity theft and enslavement.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 162-170) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
H. Henrietta Stockel is an independent scholar specializing in Chiricahua Apache history and culture
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-02-01:
Independent scholar Stockel considers the role of Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries in Spain's colonization of the American Southwest. The book examines the culture of the Chiricahua Apache, the history of the missions, and abuses of Natives by the Spanish and their Church. It covers conflicts between the Spanish and the Apache and other Native groups; revolts of mission Indians; slavery among all the groups; the variety of alliances and hostility among the Natives as well as with the Spanish; and Spain's attempt to legislate more just relations with the Natives. Though balanced in some respects, the work is also accusatory (equating baptism with "identity theft," for example) and dwells on authorial evaluations while underplaying the complex understandings, interrelations, and motivations of the historical actors. By Stockel's own admission, evidence that priests sold Natives into slavery for economic motives is "murky" and "there is no unassailable proof." Nevertheless, the author later states "... certain priests sold the captives into slavery." The author equates the absence of documentation of officials protesting Native slavery as proof of complicity (omitting documented protests by Las Casas and others). Such abuses are possible, but documentation, not conjecture, constitutes proof. Summing Up: Not recommended. R. A. Bucko Creighton University
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Long Description
In her latest work, H. Henrietta Stockel examines the collision of the ethnocentric Spanish missionaries and the Chiricahua Apaches, including the resulting identity theft through Christian baptism, and the even more destructive creation of a local slave trade. The new information provided in this study offers a sample of the total unknown number of baptized Chiricahua men, women, and children who were sold into slavery by Jesuits and Franciscans. Stockel provides the identity of the priests as well as the names of the purchasers, often identified as "Godfather." Stockel also explores Jesuit and Franciscan attempts to maintain their missions on New Spain's northern frontier during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She focuses on how international political and economic forces shaped the determination of the priests to mold the Apaches into Christians and tax-paying citizens of the Empire. Diseases, warfare, interpersonal relations, and an overwhelming number of surrendered Chiricahuas at the missions, along with reduced supplies from Mexico City, forced the missionaries to use every means to continue their efforts at conversion, including deporting the Apaches to Cuba and selling others to Christian families on the colonial frontier.
Main Description
Stockel examines the brutal history of forced conversion and subjection of the Chiricahua Apaches by Spanish priests during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Chiricahua Apachesp. 6
Missions and Missionariesp. 29
Tubac, Tumacacori, Janos, and Cubap. 70
Salvation Through Slaveryp. 111
Identity Theft and Enslavementp. 128
Chronologyp. 141
Notesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 162
Indexp. 171
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